Local Leaders Shun Barazas

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In short
Steven Baguma, a resident of Kabende village in Busoro Sub County, says that they have tried to seek explanations from their leaders over the poor roads in the area and why the National Agricultural Advisory Services.

Local leaders in Kabarole district have failed to embrace Barazas for fear of being questioned by residents about government programs. Barazas are forums intended to empower the community to demand accountability from local leaders and public servants. They were initiated by government in 2009 to give an opportunity to citizens to interface with the leaders, with an aim of improving service delivery.

However the program has failed to take off in Kabalore as some of the leaders especially, district heads of department, LC3 chairpersons, councilors and LC5 councilors are shunning the program for fear of being questioned by the community. The office of Kabarole Resident District Commissioner-RDC has on several occasions written to the leaders to attend the Barazas and explain why there is poorly implementation of government programs in vain, despite the availability of funds.
 
Steven Baguma, a resident of Kabende village in Busoro Sub County, says that they have tried to seek explanations from their leaders over the poor roads in the area and why the National Agricultural Advisory Services. He however says that since the beginning of this year, only one meeting has been held. Baguma also says they are curious to understand how government programs work and which specific officials they could approach for specific concerns.

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Beatrice Mugenyi, a resident Hakibale village, says that whenever the meetings are organized at the sub county headquarters, the leaders don’t attend. Mugenyi says the leaders fear to be embarrassed because they duped voters during the campaigns. She states that some leaders promised to lobby the district to work on the poor roads in the area but to date nothing has been done. She says that the program empowers them to demand accountability from the government workers something that was difficult to achieve in the past.

Francis Asiimwe, the Busoro sub county councilor claims that he stopped attending the meetings because his rivals use them to criticize him wrongly. Asiimwe is of the view that the Barazas should be limited to technical people especially the district heads of department since they are the ones who allocate funds to different sectors and account for the funds.

Elijah Biryabarema, the Deputy Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, says that he is aware of the actions of the leaders and civil servants and he has directed all heads of departments to publicly display the details of all government projects and funds in their areas to enable the community ably criticize government progress.
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.